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Derese Kassa, Ph.D.

Derese KassaAssistant Professor of Sociology
Phone: (914) 633-2596
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 11 a.m. - noon, Thursday from 10 a.m. - noon

Ph.D., University of Louisville
MA, University of Bath
BA, Addis Ababa University

Dr. Kassa is an urban sociologist. Until 2009, he served as a Lecturer of Sociology at Addis Ababa University, where he was involved in various research projects around issues of wellbeing, urban development, urban public places, urban commons and state-society relations in East Africa. His doctoral dissertation, “Stranded Strangers: Ethiopian Refugees and the Quest for Urban Citizenship in Nairobi, Kenya,” won the Best Dissertation Award of the Department of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville in May 2013.

Dr. Kassa is a member of the African Studies Association and the American Political Science Association. In June 2014, Dr. Kassa and his fellows launched an online radio program known as Wazema Radio which advocates for human rights and democratization in Ethiopia and the Greater Horn of Africa. Dr. Kassa is a jazz, blues and reggae fan.

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